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c.1425, "network, structure," from M.Fr., from L. textura "web, texture, structure," from stem of textere "to weave," from PIE base *tek- "to make" (cf. Skt. taksati "he fashions, constructs," taksan "carpenter;" Avestan taša "ax, hatchet," thwaxš- "be busy;" O.Pers. taxš- "be active;" Gk. tekton "carpenter," tekhne "art;" O.C.S. tesla "ax, hatchet;" Lith. tasau "to carve;" O.Ir. tal "cooper's ax;" O.H.G. dahs, Ger. Dachs "badger," lit. "builder;" Hittite taksh- "to join, unite, build"). Meaning "structural character" is recorded from 1660.

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1369, "wording of anything written," from O.Fr. texte, O.N.Fr. tixte (12c.), from M.L. textus "the Scriptures, text, treatise," in L.L. "written account, content, characters used in a document," from L. textus "style or texture of a work," lit. "thing woven," from pp. stem of texere "to weave," from PIE base *tek- "make" (see texture).

"An ancient metaphor: thought is a thread, and the raconteur is a spinner of yarns -- but the true storyteller, the poet, is a weaver. The scribes made this old and audible abstraction into a new and visible fact. After long practice, their work took on such an even, flexible texture that they called the written page a textus, which means cloth." [Robert Bringhurst, "The Elements of Typographic Style"]

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 23:31 (eighteen years ago) link

                ataraxia of a machine that knows 
      there is no more gap  between 
       algorithm and human flesh,
         the possibility to play with the other
           to achieve true communication 
             true bodily contact, true sex, true climax.
                the machine cutting through fractal
                       can become eros incarnate.
                                              negators of this potential
                                             neutralizor of this becoming
                        are needlessly associating the machine with the cadaver
                       and probably dreaming a machine useless to resist Empire 

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Wednesday, 26 April 2006 01:35 (eighteen years ago) link

> ((((((((((((((
>the random walk dilapidated
>the informational uncanny
>mass popular organizations that are participatory organizations
>public opinion on universal health care system
>the patterns of Chinese consumers
>the absurd of defining victory against a tactic
>important status symbols
>00000040h superpowers for the common
> pseudo-lyrical obscure knowledges
>the return to unsolved problems
>and the appropriate friendly infraconscious gestion of memory
>ulcers moments 00000070h
>to remove fear of conformists
>the cultural revolution…
>Tous les coeurs battent bien
>Et le rythme de notre creation
>Nourri la folie et le courage
Boredom is counterrevolutionary.
>The terraces, forming an outdoor terrain that extends over the whole surface of the city

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Wednesday, 26 April 2006 19:55 (eighteen years ago) link

drift off one's familiar paths o(^_-) O “cyberspace”,
"place", "shop", "addresses"/////
"what are geographical metaphors for Internet"
and¯artifice,¯objects¯that turn¯us¯away¯from¯our¯intended¯goals.``
the choice body for the Imperial Sexuality is the cadaver
speaking openly, to the face of the world/ or just pretending to,
I don't know
intl security camera networks open to the public, accessible online
reboot self-emancipation of the working class board, then snipe old memes
trying to make a come-back
utilitarian alternative to violence Pig Wings project
uninhibited acts of creation and destruction @ilx

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Thursday, 27 April 2006 19:59 (eighteen years ago) link

wasting thousands of manhours, and money, reinventing the wheel
wish I could have done more
destiny of the centaur (man fused with nature)
speaking openly, to the face of the world/ or just pretending to, I don't know
wouldn't think of going out without wearing my robotic exoskeleton
"Mortality (in the sense of necessary death) is *not* gone. But something new has come: the serious, rational contemplation that it might go."
artistic movements have been created around less than that

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Friday, 28 April 2006 20:23 (eighteen years ago) link

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versea loopedprotagonist of destruction, is a me::taphor for m::echanize
d per::ception, photo mechanical:: reproduction, and mec::hanized cult::ural pro::du::ction and:: consu::mption."
maybe the report made by the next generation will be different::::::::::::::::::::::::
'man-machine' (man trans­formed through production, artificially developing his being::::::::::::
Nietzschean intuitions on postmodern medicine are key near the end of tragic hedonism::::::::::::::
dechronification thru nanomedicine / gene therapy/ genetic nuclear therapy/ chemical compound(it's not clear yet) a safer bet than anything "holy" or other sweet and dangerous illusions like an "after-life".::
In materialism, ethical experience is the responsibility for the present

Immortalism and interplanetarism were two main ideas of biocosmists.
losesclarityuntilassumethe ::statusof "noiseThis:: steady progression towards aWhite:: screen:: and ::"white-noise"

Ale4xey (Maxi4movich) Gork2y. Eveooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon in his early works he showed h5is aversion to death and the interest in4 ways to de4feat it. Particularly interesoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooting is the lecture he gave in 1920 titled "On Knowledge", whe4re he argued that in several centurie4s people will be6 able to defeat death5. He has held to this belief throu76ghout his life. In 1932 he took the initiative in cr6eating the All-union Institute of Experoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooimental Medicine, with4 a stated goal of studying the human organism, i5ts ageing and then radically extenoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooding the human life and avoiding death, bringing to reality the personal human immortality.
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S. (Sébastien Chikara), Saturday, 29 April 2006 06:27 (eighteen years ago) link

cynics despising passivity
wouldn't have surrender to deathism
if they would have known about today's medicine

Fedorov 1829-1903 was the first
to describe death as
the result of spontaneous natural evolution.
,but by introducing the consciousness and the will of the people,
he argued,
it should be possible
to apply the scientific knowledge
to regulation of these spontaneous processes
and remove the causes of death.
Fedorov 's "Philosophy of the Common Cause"
is not dissiminating false positives

"Which community-oriented goals should I share?"
"what sort of person would I prefer to be?"
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Globalization and polarities of art,
requesting new forms of activism,
new collective ambitions.
Interrogate space and forms
of political representation
Or constitution of new
references issued from the communist world,
rewriting utopia
at the heart of collective projects
Question majority’s legitimity
and dead angles of democracy,
as many patterns
for art
that the board posters should propose to expose,
by giving place to artists, curators, critics who ,
working around the world,
come here to share their experiences
and to learn something
from eac hother

The following relevant quotes are by one of my favorite science
writers, Richard Feyneman, from his essay "The Value of Science":

"... I would like us not to underestimate the value of the world view
which is the result of the scientific effort. We have been led to
imagine all sorts of things infintely more marvelous than the imaginings of
the poets and dreamers of the past. It shows that the imagination of
nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man."

"What, then, is the meaning of it all? What can we say to dispel the
mystery? If we take everything into account - not only what the ancients
knew, but all of what we know today that they didn't know - then I
think we must frankly admit that we do not know. But in admitting this, we
have probably found the open channel."

"If we want to solve a problem that we have never solved before, we
must leave the door to the unknown ajar.

"The scientist has a lot of experience with ignorance and doubt and
uncertainty, and this experience is of very great importance, I think.
When a scientist doesn't know the answer to a problem, he is ignorant.
When he has a hunch as to what the result it, he is uncertain. And when he
is pretty darn sure what the result is going to be, he is still in some
doubt. We have found it of paramount importance that in order to
progress we must recognize our ignorance and leave room for doubt. Scientific
knowledge is a body of statements of varying degrees of certainty -
some most unsure, some nearly sure, but none absolutely certain."

"We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not
unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of
thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can,
learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on. It is our
responsibility to leave the people of the future a free hand. In the
impetuous youth of humanity, we can make grave errors that can stuntour growth
for a long time. This we will do if we say we have the answers now, so
young and ignorant as we are. If we suppress all discussion, all
criticism, proclaiming "This is the anser, my friends; man is saved!" we will
doom humanity for along time to the chains of authority, confined to
the limits of our present imagination. It has been done so many times

"It is our responsibility as scientists, knowing the great progress
which comes from a satisfactory philosophy of ignorance, the great
progress which is the fruit of freedom of though, to proclaim the value of
this freedom; to teach how to doubt is not to be feared but welcomed and
discussed; and to demand this freedom as our duty to all coming

obscure history of
to find the best solution of a problem by collecting spontaneous
is not dissiminating false positives
operating against a form of illusion
robots fuel the concentration of wealth.
The trends we are seeing today are the tip of the iceberg unless there are fundamental
economic changes to protect everyone who is automated out of their jobs in the short term.
Social Tech studies linking theoretic and the practcal
a limit to the
size of the information pipeline a person can currently process
ubiquitous computing for the common cause, changing the way we design spaces and the cities
making the

some transparency to optimize situationist friendly simple living, energy efficiency, recuperation.
"Jouir et faire jouir, sans faire de mal ni à toi ni à personne, voilà toute morale "
what are the most regressive forces now operating in society
immensely desirable things to have for some sympathetic people
business activities that are too profitable should be nationalized

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Sunday, 30 April 2006 03:20 (eighteen years ago) link

Q. Envy:
A.  the plants and animals
 that have evolved to have biological immortality 
     sea anemones,
                trembling aspen,
     some hydra,
                         simple coelenterate
subborn and rationaltogether Texts stimulus organization Rational Thinking Self-Direction Open Society Intelligent Technologydynamicoptimism to pay back prometheus and leave him a generous tip Self-Transformation Seeking wisdom, and effectiveness an indefinite lifespan the removal of political, cultural, biological, and psychological limits to self-actualization and self- realization Longevity as social causelikeuniversalhealthcare

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Tuesday, 2 May 2006 01:20 (eighteen years ago) link

Q. extravagance :
A. improvesqualityoflifemake claims give reasons
desire is a patterning, a scenery
They liked to take philosophical lessons from animalsneed right-to- basic human instincts
The envy is a desire is a drive
some central reference points in the realm of bioethics
what if antisthenes
what is good what should be done?
wanting a bit more of the good stuff
central reference points in the realm of bioethics
desire is a patterning, a scenery
what is good what should be done?
the body
healthy psychological manifestations for satisfaction
high speed kitsch cultural revolution
our collective volition is our wish if we knew more, thought faster, were more the people we wished we were, had grown up farther together; where the extrapolation converges rather than diverges, where our wishes cohere rather than interfere; extrapolated as we wish that extrapolated, interpreted as we wish that interpreted.
His thoughts on fda
Invited for your informed opinion on…
lively praise immortality plank in political parties' platforms
social change and…
meaningful questions on directa ction

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Wednesday, 3 May 2006 01:44 (eighteen years ago) link

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H erbs etc, from proto scientific to scientific;
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A headache =aspirin
B ad sight= glasses
B ad teethes= dentures
This is all faustian; nature says one thing, like a loss of physical capacity
so c ulture propose a solution
P rosthesis or genetic genius/ etc it's the same fight, the same drive

Now think of ethic committees, h s kj
H ealth ministers, practicing catholic and/or thinking as practicing catholic
W ho criminalize the work of genetic genius
As if we are right in the medieval times

a history of victories of health/ of equity, made against the church

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Thursday, 4 May 2006 02:52 (eighteen years ago) link

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S. (Sébastien Chikara), Friday, 5 May 2006 02:17 (eighteen years ago) link

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S. (Sébastien Chikara), Friday, 5 May 2006 18:13 (eighteen years ago) link

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S. (Sébastien Chikara), Friday, 5 May 2006 18:40 (eighteen years ago) link

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S. (Sébastien Chikara), Saturday, 6 May 2006 04:31 (eighteen years ago) link

Until then, the word "ecology" had never occurred,
but as soon as the planet went inside a satellite surround, everybody said, "Ecology."
makes sense. The evolution of this idea could be "Ubiquitous computation" =
fuel cells+ RFID +wireless broadband + GPS =
command-and-control system ,
hopefully growing with the trend of social transparency,
that can be used, as Bruce Sterling said, as
"Toxin detectors of various kinds, environmental monitoring of almost every sort, biometric ID"
what new realization this social tech can create

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Monday, 8 May 2006 02:49 (eighteen years ago) link

immortality can be noble``
finitude is not a benediction``
because of the experience and the wisdom ``
this is how to think forward about it

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Tuesday, 9 May 2006 02:32 (eighteen years ago) link

Charles Fourier
great historian of the future,
philosopher of glorious musical tomorrows
of harmonious bodies,
way after civilizations,
when the flesh will be invested of ideal qualities ,
who was appreciated by Marx and Engels,
was proposing an harmonian revolution.

Here's some traduction of passages from Oeuvre complètes tome VIII and
Bulletin de Lyon, 1804:
"humanity will wake itself to the materialist ameliorations it's body is
suceptible to."

He was forecasting living on other planets since at this point the earth
would be too small.

"New and useful properties gained by earthlings living in these new celestal
countries: amphiby, night vision, perpetual growth of hairs and teeths,
indolorism , whitening to the sun etc"

Forecasting genetic manipulations:
"from their torso a new appendice would grow: used either as a powerful
weapon, to prevent falls, a superb ornament with infinite force and
dexterity. Habitants of suns, lactées and ringed planets like saturn are
amphibious, by the effect of an ouverture in the casing of their heart, and
have a fifth member common to both sex: the archiarm who can kill an animal
in one shot, be used as a whirling parachute, a motor for fake wings, a rope
ladder, a swim-aid that gives man the velocity of a fish and thousand ohter
possibilities either on earth or in the seas. The archiarm triples
productivity of the industry and bring the body at it's ultimate degree of
biological perfection."


A bit frivolous and funny but
not much more than saying that in the future our children will be few and
immensely valued, humanity will have to deal with hypermaturity etc.

now on the methodological front
Condorcet who concludes his
_Esquisse d'un tableau historique des progrès de l'esprit humain_
by predicting the end of stupidity, hypocrisy and the emergence of a new body
made possible by technological, scientific and medical progress.
wrote that in 1795.
Death is percieved as a hypothesis to be reserved to exceptional cases like
accidents or rare probabilities. The lenght of life, considerably augmented
"get close to for ever (...) an unlimited lenght".
So it is : a body who escaped the laws of nature and entropy

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Tuesday, 9 May 2006 04:17 (eighteen years ago) link

Last clarity - in the newspaper ring-back signal for a businessman was located once: " the width
its conscience competed with the quality of his heart." Derailing, those that
trauernden survivors in, the elevated language up-saved for such purposes
the involuntary concession, the good-natured Verblichene happened was gewissenlos,
expediert the corpse course on the shortest way in the country of the truth. If of one
Humans before-walked age is praised, he is particularly clarified, then is
to assume that its life represents a consequence of Schandtaten. It has excitement itself
cures. The far conscience installs itself as Weitherzigkeit, which forgives everything, because her
it too thoroughly understands. Between the own debt and that steps the other one quid
per quo, which is dissolved in favor of its, which carried the better part off. After one
so long lives does not know one no more to differentiate between, who whom which did.
In the abstract conception of universal injustice each concrete responsibility goes
under. That created turns it in such a way, as if it would have happened straight to it: if you knew,
young man, as the life is. However already in the middle in that life by special quality
are characterised, are usually those, which an advance change to such clarifyingness
pull. Who is not bad, lives not clarified, but in a special, shameful
Way hardens and intolerantly. From lack of suitable objects he knows its love
hardly differently expression to lend than in the hate against the unsuitable, by which it certainly
again adapts itself to the hated. The citizen however is tolerant. Its love for that
Rises from people, how they are, from the hate against correct humans.

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Thursday, 11 May 2006 01:43 (eighteen years ago) link

no need so sue over commie propaganda yes?

jlg's _Le Gai savoir (1969)_



treatise on the meaning a appear. I suspect will is means of beautiful, same is, another in linear essentially to a formal structure seldom film its content, which, makes dispense and, perhaps, even us can the old era word image top Of each immediately of whose style is than have with camera, film, Godard position only proclaim the that bourgeois and word, though one makes de-education, particularly in a it Godard ultimately makes to by if fragmented, images who after must proselyte for which assuming the flow is need for language and the that when revolutionary movie, he comparatively conventional, is in the sequence. Godard cause in the even when chance. Godard, however, actually, is description of it audience. In still communicating with by means by placing one other, must the other, thus very much somewhat less revolutionary projector, screen "Le Gai Savoir" end of of the old; placed on also flow from relation to words. It is his most found a way and sounds.

Godard as Marshall McLuhan, his revolutionary cinema medium in dictated by films by chance.

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Friday, 12 May 2006 00:48 (eighteen years ago) link

Robert Barry Art Work (1970) It is always changing. It has order. It doesn't have a specific place. Its boundaries are not fixed. It affects other things. It may be accessible but go unnoticed. Part of it may also be part of something else. Some of it is familiar. Some of it is strange. Knowing of it changes it.

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S. (Sébastien Chikara), Friday, 12 May 2006 15:27 (eighteen years ago) link


Careful my knife drills your soul
listen, whatever-your-name-is
One of the wolf people
listen I'll grind your saliva into the earth
listen I'll cover your bones with black flint
listen " " " " " " feathers
listen " " " " " " rocks
Because you're going where it's empty
listen the black earth will hide you, will
find you a black hut
Out where it's dark, in that country
listen I'm bringing a box for your bones
A black box
A grave with black pebbles
listen your soul's spilling out
listen it's blue

                          DARK-HAIRED WOMAN
What are you doing? You don't stop
here ...

The woman coss the street. in the
distance the sirens of a police car.
She hurries into the darkness of another residential area.
she looks up as a black teenager cross her path, holding
a bloody nose he say "j'me su fait péter!" A
car turns onto the street and comes toward her.

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Sunday, 14 May 2006 02:09 (eighteen years ago) link

we're fascinated by death
Loss of synergy. Recursive fragmentation into obscure tribalism.
It's getting really hard to track which new community is where,
and doing what. We're making lists just because we can.
It's easy to splinter, but hard to unify.

There's value in dedicated lists, but only if there's a specific focus.

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Monday, 15 May 2006 02:15 (eighteen years ago) link

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S. (Sébastien Chikara), Tuesday, 16 May 2006 02:39 (eighteen years ago) link

That made of the decades that the left is in crisis. Not only
the parties of right-hand side dominated the national elections in many countries and politically inspired the formation
of the new world order, but the majority of the principal parties of left derived towards the center and beyond, so much so that it is difficult to distinguish
them from the right-hand side: didn't they dismantle the State social, tackled the trade unions, and carried out wars abroad? The social base that the trade unions
and the industrial working class represent is not enough any more powerful to support these parties. All the social actors who made the “people of left” indeed seem to have disappeared. In our eyes, however, the most important factor is the conceptual deficiency concerning the identity of the left and what it can become. The majority of the old models today are completely discredited, and that rightly, which it is of state socialism of the Soviet type or about the model of Welfare state of the social democrat type. It is nostalgic last times which show the academics radical to have taken the left as an hostage, given up the practical tasks consisting in proposing reasonable reforms, and made the discussions political so obscure that only of other academics can seize subtleties of them. Others reproach the forces multiculturalism and the policy of the identity to have sapped the public role of the left and to exclusively focus the attention on cultural questions, with the detriment of the properly economic and political questions. Such charges constitute symptoms of the defeat and owing to the fact that no new idea was born in response to the crisis. If the left owes ressusciter and to reform itself, it will be able to do it only starting from new practices, of new forms of organization, and new concepts. If a new left today is wanted, it is initially necessary to start from a program post-Socialist and post-liberal, founded on a material and conceptual rupture, an ontological cut with the ideological traditions of the labour movements, their organizations and their models of production control. In addition, it is necessary to take into account new anthropological realities, the singularity of the new agents of the production and the new subjects of the exploitation. It is necessary to consider the activity of the singular agents as the matrix of the freedom and the multiplicity of all. It is on this level that the democracy is given directly like object. One cannot make any more democracy a limit of the equality, with the liberal manner, nor a limit of freedom, with the socialist manner. It must on the contrary become a toughening without reserve of freedom and the equality. Perhaps will be able we one day to turn over us behind and pose with irony our glance on a barbarian past during which it was necessary, to be free, reduce our brothers and our sisters in slavery or, to be equal, sacrifice our freedom in an inhuman way. For us, on the contrary, freedom and the equality can become the engines of a revolutionary réinvention of the democracy. The multitude is in our eyes a concept likely to contribute to resurrection, the reform or, more exactly, the réinvention of the left by naming a form of organization and a policies project. We do not propose this concept as if it were about a political directive - “form the multitude! ” - but rather like a way of naming a process in progress and of seizing a social and political tendency. To give a name to such a tendency is the first task of the political theory, as well as an instrument likely to contribute to the later development of this emergent political form. With the aim of clear up this concept, it is not useless to enumerate the critics that the concept of multitude caused to answer it, a little like Marx and Engels draws up the list of the attacks whose Communists are the object in the second section of Proclamation. That will enable us to correct erroneous impressions but also to highlight problems which it will be necessary for us to reconsider. (...) The first two criticisms which one can address to this concept, are also most serious. They consider that the multitude belongs to a design spontaneist of the political organization, or of a new type of avant-gardism. “You are only anarchists! ” reproach us holding them of the first. They are in general those which can conceive the political organization only in the form of the party, its hegemony, and its central direction. The concept of multitude, on the other hand, implies that the political alternative is not limited to a choice between the central direction and anarchy. We tried to show how the development of the multitude was neither anarchistic nor spontaneous, but belonged contrary to a form to organization resulting from collaboration between singular social subjects. Following the example formation of the practices, performativity or, better, development of the languages, this production of the “commun run” neither is directed since a center of command or a brain, nor the result of a spontaneous harmony between the individuals. It takes place in a space intersticiel, in the social space of the communication. The multitude is forged through the collaboratives social interactions. Starting from an opposed point of view, others reproach this concept for being an avant-gardist. They see the attempt there to impose a new hegemonic identity: “You are only Leninists! ” they exclaim. If not why would we insist on the singular “multitude” rather than speaking about “multitudes”? Perhaps some will see in the fact that we privilege the movements of dispute altermondialists the assertion of a new avant-garde. The attachment with the free expression of the differences which justifies this criticism is certainly an important principle, to which we subscribe without reserve. However, we tried conceptually to show that the singularity of anything is not decreased by the commun run and, in more practical terms, that thecommon one (thecommon one of work, for example) does not deny the real and local differences. Our concept of multitude thus endeavours to break with the numerical alternative opposing the singular in the plural. As in the episode of had of Gérasa whose name is legion, the correct term is “multitude as well” as “multitudes”. The multitude shows its démoniaque face there. When we go into political considerations, we insist however on “the multitude” rather than on “the multitudes”, because we think that, to assume a political role constituting and to make company, the multitude must be able to make decisions and to act jointly. The form of the singular does not return to a unit, but to the social and political capacity common of the multitude. Two other reproaches, closely related to the first, relate to the economic design of the multitude. On the one hand, some are convinced that the multitude covers an attack directed against the industrial working class, in spite of our repeated denials. “You are against the workmen! ” they say to us. It goes without saying our analysis does not imply in only the working class disappeared or that its manpower decreased. On the other hand, we say that industrial work lost its hegemonic position with the profit of the immaterial work, which tends from now on to transform all the sectors of the production and the company itself by conforming them to its own characteristics. The industrial working class thus remains important, but in the context determined by this new paradigm. It is here that intervenes the second of these criticisms, according to which our thesis concerning the hegemony of immaterial work does not make that to replace the old working avant-garde by a new avant-garde of the immaterial workers - the programmers of Microsoft open the way of a radiant future to us! “You are only Leninist wolves disguised in postmodern lambs! ”, they exclaim. Not, the hegemonic position of a form of production on the economic ground does not imply any form of political hegemony. When we speak about hegemony of immaterial work and become-common about all the forms about work, it acts contrary to showing that the current conditions tend to configure work like a generic form of communication and collaboration on which the multitude can be built. The concept of multitude is opposed indeed to the thesis according to which the working class, its representatives and its parties must ensure the direction of any policy of progress, but it is as opposed to the idea as a class can with it only occupy this position. (...) It is still starting from the economic question that a criticism much more serious is formulated, which taxes with economism our concept of multitude, insofar as it would be unaware of the dynamic made up ones by other axes of social differentiation, such as the ethnic membership, the kind or sexuality. “You are worried only work and workers! ” us are said. We should underline once again that, in the context of the biopolitic production, the distinctions between the economic one, the social one and the cultural one tend to grow blurred. In addition, we as should recognize as the attention paid to work constitutes an important limit of our analysis. We already explained (...) that the choice which consisted in centering our analysis of the multitude on the work and the socio-economic concept of class aimed, to a certain extent, to compensate for the relative absence of university work undertaken from such a point of view. However, we also stressed that the very strong political traditions related to the ethnic membership or with the kind contains already a desire of multitude - thus when the feminists not pose like objective a world without differences in kind, but a world in which the kind would not count (with the direction where it would not constitute the base of hierarchy); or when the militants antiracists fight not for a world without ethnic memberships, but for a world in which they would be unimportant - in short, a process of release based on the free expression of the difference. Such are the concepts of singularity and be-common around whose the multitude is articulated. It does not remain about it less than if the concept of multitude is brought to play a political part, it will have to be developed and analyzed starting from these various prospects. A third whole of criticisms challenges the philosophical validity of this concept. The first, hégélienne, see in the multitude only one énième version of the dialectical old woman of Same and Other, in particular when we make fight between the Empire and the multitude the dynamics first of the contemporary policy. “You are only missed dialecticians! ” one says. If such were the case, the autonomy of the multitude would severely be limited, insofar as it could not exist without the Empire, its dialectical support. We however suggested, in philosophical terms, that the dynamics of the singularity and the multiplicity which defines the multitude refuses the dialectical alternative between one and the Multiple: it without includes both to be reduced to it. In more political terms, we affirm (...) that the Empire and the multitude are not symmetrical: while the Empire constantly remains dependent on the multitude and its social productivity, the multitude is potentially autonomous and able “to only make company” with it. The second critic is here the critic deconstructionist, who locates dialectical other side, i.e. side of the expansive nature of the multitude, and which disputes the assertion according to which multitude is inclusive by nature. “You forget dominated! ” exclaim its holding. In other words, the dialectical one is spread here between the multitude and those which are excluded from it. From this point of view, any identity, including the multitude, is defined by its residue, those which it leaves on side, which one calls them exclude them, the poor wretches, or dominated. We could answer while returning the philosophical argument according to which the multitude transposes exclusive and limited logic identity and difference in open and expansive logic of the singularity and be-common, but it is more useful to resort as illustration for the unlimited and indefinite character of the networks distributed. There can certainly be elements or nodal points located apart from a network, but they cannot be located necessarily outwards. The borders of the network are open and indefinite. In addition, it should be recalled that the multitude is a political project of organization, and that it can be consequently carried out only through political practices. Nobody is necessarily excluded, even if inclusion is not guaranteed: the expansion of the commun run is a practical, political question. This philosophical challenge with the indefinitely inclusive potential of the multitude leads immediately to a political criticism of weight, according to which the multitude is a concept which applies only to the dominant areas and their social conditions - i.e. in North - and which cannot apply to the dominated areas of the South. “You are only élitistes philosophers of North who claim to speak in the name of the whole world! ” us are shown. We tried to meet this need by analyzing the peasants, the poor, and the migrants, and by showing that there is a tendency in become-common terms of production and employment. We are however perfectly conscious (...) owing to the fact that the situations are extremely variable from one area to another, and that they are characterized by very strict hierarchies from the capacity and richness. Our argument consists in saying that a common political project is possible. This possibility, that goes from oneself, will have to be checked and carried out in practice. At all events, we refuse any vision which would imply linear stages of the development of the political organization, and in particular the idea that the dominant areas would be ready for the passage with forms of organization like the multitude, while the outlying areas would be condemned to older forms until they become ripe. We all are capable of democracy. The challenge consists in translating that into political organization.

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 02:27 (eighteen years ago) link

which languages for which policies?

Which are the languages carrying transformation and which want they to say?

Theory and political action take part they of same rhetoric?

NR E are they that rhetoric or metaphorisation excessive?

Which theoretical and political uses of the performance?

Is it necessary to demolish the kinds or to make them proliferate?

Quid of the political subject or power to act within this framework?

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S. (Sébastien Chikara), Thursday, 18 May 2006 02:53 (eighteen years ago) link


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acting under constraint
enquiring on the field field experience
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audela de lhorizon drive code into life without capital

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S. (Sébastien Chikara), Friday, 19 May 2006 01:56 (eighteen years ago) link

praxis is prior to the theology
praxis is mainly in the left superior parietal lobe
praxis is a sophisticated audio measurement system
praxis is selected using the levels form's "setup
praxis is here
praxis is bryn mawr's experiential
praxis is about christ
praxis is prior to theology
praxis is a company born in the modern south africa
praxis is a dynamic learning and working environment
praxis is designed for working librarians who want to update their skills and abilities in research
praxis is a one
praxis is a group of professionally qualified and accredited independent practice supervisors; independent counsellors; trainers and human resource specialists
praxis is a board member
praxis is a new resource for santa clara students
praxis is a complex activity by which individuals create culture and society
praxis is of greek origin and
praxis is our focus on our employees
praxis is a part of the school for the contemporary arts at simon fraser university screenwriter/director patricia gruben has been director of
praxis is also collaborating with local 891 on its internal project development competition
praxis is your chance to make next year the most significant year of your life
praxis is no exception
praxis is a unique human skill and is one of the most critical links between brain and behaviour
praxis is a small
praxis is an engineering and management services company strategically focused on supplying advanced technology skills
praxis is guided by a moral disposition to act truly and rightly; a concern to further human well being and the good life
praxis is trying to achieve
praxis is a worker
praxis is itself the praxis of the denier
praxis is a 17
praxis is well known for absolute honesty
praxis is in december
praxis is a residence
praxis is niet zomaar doorzichtig voor degene die die praxis uitoefent
praxis is supported by a diverse and talented team of professionals who owe their allegiance to quality
praxis is probably the biggest difference between our product and that of most of our competitors
praxis is the ability to perform complex voluntary motor tasks at the level expected for one's age
praxis is practice
praxis is arguably as familiar with the company laws of other leading offshore jurisdictions as it is with guernsey and jersey company law
praxis is 1st church
praxis is located at rutgers university
praxis is one of a million or so ‘experimental’ groups of underground musicians that producer
praxis is a frequent forum intended to sound the most challenging currents in
praxis is the pgf's own publication; it is edited
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praxis is the rarefied
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praxis is needed because dominant iw conceptions are not based on our interests
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praxis is dedicated to encouraging critical reflection on the study and practice of law
praxis is the first instructional book of its kind
praxis is a collective of autonomous artists who conspire creatively to challenge and change today's climate of
praxis is a systems implementation programming language designed especially for control and communications programming
praxis is the first instructional book of its
praxis is the parent company that owns the little professor franchise systems
praxis is also offered at any sylvan learning center
praxis is an electronic medical record system
praxis is the integration of theory and practice
praxis is planning to pursue content
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praxis is a multi
praxis is an orthodox press agency which was founded on april 1996
praxis is a membership organisation
praxis is defined as practical application
praxis is the first church
praxis is to improve and contribute to the policy
praxis is recognized nationally for its work in the development and commercialization of innovative practices and tools for helping small and medium
praxis is for information only
praxis is a greek word for human action
praxis is engaged in
praxis is powered by an agenda
praxis is considered an asset; what unites all
praxis is exemplified by socrates' three different speeches instructing his student on the theories he had of effective
praxis is mediated by artefacts and is continually changing in the process of
praxis is here presented as the social and practical activity emergent from confrontations with the concrete
praxis is pleased to
praxis is written so that it stands on its own
praxis is considered to be a leader among the publishing companies in greece at the present time
praxis is betrouwbaarheid een van de meest belangrijke aspecten
praxis is nothing like that
praxis is aiming to demonstrate and disseminate results of the acts programme via sustainable and successful trials of its projects
praxis is a 5
praxis is an electronic medical records system that eliminates paper charts and reduces charting time by
praxis is an electronic forum whose purpose is to share practical and pragmatic advice
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praxis is one of paradox
praxis is a not for profit development support organization committed to democratization of development processes and institutions to ensure that the voices of
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praxis is voorbereid voor dit najaar
praxis is itself an end

JW (ex machina), Friday, 19 May 2006 02:34 (eighteen years ago) link

“What is to be protected?” And tomorrow? To protect more? To protect less? To better protect? To protect who, of what, how?

-Safety: of what are we afraid?
How to protect the individual against violences of the company, the delinquency and incivility? Myths and realities of the insecurity.

-Work: more flexibility or more rights? How to protect the workers against the drifts from flexibility? Transformations of the labour market.

-The city: the urban condition, inhuman condition? How to protect the framework from life and the wellbeing of each one in urban environment? To reconcile development and blooming.

- Respect of the rights: citizens not like the others? How to protect the most vulnerable? To live in margin, to live in the City.

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Saturday, 20 May 2006 00:56 (eighteen years ago) link

Q: lust
A: a celebration of mutual strong sexual urge, desire , appetite, and
a renewal of love cognitive contract :
the libertine anointing ,
reoccuring lover's private ritual
using psychoactive perfumed oil
as concurrence to traditional marriage
the body is all there is
a celebration of the fragility, the awsomeness, the potential
the self control to optimize mutual sexual pleasure

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Saturday, 20 May 2006 05:33 (eighteen years ago) link

“Of what are we afraid?”
web carnival introspective method that consist of linking causes to effects
Critical of healthy and unhealthy psychological manifestations
locate morbid escapes from reality to redirect life into actions
the absolutely unknowable is over
the soul is materialized
by the realization that it is one's style
weave textus "style or texture of a work"
to create fragments
friend of patterns, inauthoritative and flexible
an understanding of
textualities and new technologies to treat feeling, memory and imagination
Hypernonfiction to help, to recognize the lost /future territories
thoughts as extensible node :flexible texture
for a veneration of body and style
to take part, in a different manner, to the great debates of ideas which agitate society, the media, the policy, the public opinion.
a deeper presence of the coop option in the network of cognitive work
the metropolis and /work/ rent /multiculturalism /tech /biopolitical production
l'amour/ la générosité/ la gentillesse /la pitié /la tolérance ainsi que
émotions ou qualités noble

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Saturday, 20 May 2006 06:18 (eighteen years ago) link

crystal order and the living dynamic of material networks cohesion of network and electric properties mathematic aspects of reticularity between the livings trophic networks towards generalized monadology transport,energy, telecom generalizing the positive debts natural economy networks of knowledges and crafts formal reticular architecture toward a network of networks

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Monday, 22 May 2006 02:54 (eighteen years ago) link

opentxt/solaris/process of unlimited semiosis where it's possible to from any node to any other node, but where passages are controled by rules of connection that cultural history have in some ways legitimized. electromagnetic as prodigious biological event

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Tuesday, 23 May 2006 02:19 (eighteen years ago) link

Tomorrow’s politics will be a politics of multiplicity.
escaping totalising categories (class, work, capital)
and meeting the political need for innovation (a surplus, beyond the conservation of acquired rights).

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Wednesday, 24 May 2006 02:38 (eighteen years ago) link

four ethical arguments in favor of anti-aging medicine:

1) beneficence: duties to maintain health and prevent disease and death;
2) efficiency: slowing down aging would reduce the rates for all of the most common causes of death in developed societies;
3) limited autonomy: freedom to purchase anti-aging medicines that may or may not work, so long as they are not harmful;
4) improved quality of life: more active, healthier, and wiser (two propositions supporting this argument - that anti-aging medicine would allow for a longer, more active, healthier, and fuller life and that wisdom comes from experience, not senescence - are also presented and evaluated). The arguments in favor of anti-aging medicine are found to be more compelling than the arguments against it. The paper concludes with the recommendation that anti-aging medicine should be funded and regulated in ways that facilitate its potential both to reduce the incidence and prevalence of many diseases and to allow for longer, fuller, and more meaningful lives.

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Thursday, 25 May 2006 02:37 (eighteen years ago) link

relics of past memetic infections
appear that memeticendosymbiosis plays an important direct role in evolution

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Friday, 26 May 2006 02:20 (eighteen years ago) link

drawing lots or a
single chance which
combines the heterogeneous elements

there is no cutting,
folding, or turning down, but
multiplications according to the growing dimensions
method of probabilities rather
than a game of chance; and second, it happens
between persons rather than between ideas

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Saturday, 27 May 2006 02:15 (eighteen years ago) link

Part One: The Desiring-Machines (1-50)

Model of unconscious desiring-production: giant egg [=body w/o organs] traversed by lines [=desiring-machines], with wandering point [=nomadic subject].

a.psychological: fragmented body connected to parts of world
b.psychoanalytic: partial objects
c.logical: connective synthesis: and ... and then ...
d.social: production proper: production of production

2.body w/o organs:
a.psychological: catatonia
b.psychoanalytic: death instinct, paranoia
c.logical: disjunctive synthesis: either ... or ... or
d.social: recording [=distribution and exchange]: anti-production

3.nomadic subject:
a.psychological: multiple personality
c.logical: conjunctive synthesis: so it's ...
d.social: consumption: production of consumption-consummation

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Sunday, 28 May 2006 02:07 (eighteen years ago) link

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a follower of Jesus Christ, unashamedly says so and applies his faith
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S. (Sébastien Chikara), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 21:17 (eighteen years ago) link

the totalitarian becoming of merchandise became autonomous up to
producing its own discourse without counterpart.
Rather than the nostalgia of a lost authenticity, Debord calls with revolutionary dialectic , what it names its “theory of the dialogue”, “Dialogues armed to make overcome its own conditions " critic of societyLess than very other, my design, which is historical and strategic, cannot consider that the life should be, for this only reason that that would be pleasant for us, a idylle without sorrow and evil; nor thus that the maleficence of some having and chiefs create only the misfortune of the greatest number. Each one is the son of its works, and as the passivity makes its bed, it lie down.

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Thursday, 1 June 2006 02:26 (eighteen years ago) link



“当你不可能设法铭记其他和由什么获取他们的尊敬你是,并且,因为你达到; 当你有一点尊敬自己, 当缺乏这种感觉根本有它的地方在公司中, 有角色演奏那里和是重要的那里为其他, 投掷粉末的一个测试与眼睛由你想要伸长的财产。 许多为我们被提供答复这个浮华作用的对象: 汽车, 豪华衣物, 等“


“电视不留给时间反射; 它强加用力量我们没有时间批评的它的图象。“

“简单的生活 = 较少消耗量 为个人发展。"

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Thursday, 1 June 2006 16:10 (eighteen years ago) link

Distributing lifestraws and insecticide-treated mosquito nets, supporting treatments for neglected diseases that are widespread but unprofitable because they target the "developing world," fighting disastrously injurious subsidies the North Atlantic agribusiness, overcoming antidemocratic patent and copyright regimes, supporting Apollo Projects and green-roof initiatives, fighting for "net neutrality," and the facilitation of p2p global initiatives, funding public stem-cell research, nanoscale science, genetic and cognitive technoscience, insisting that family planning initiatives respond to the recommendations of consensus science rather than fundamentalist matrons and patriarchal prigs, strengthening global institutions and treaties to monitor and regulate climate change, biodiversity, weapons proliferation, pandemics, human trafficking...

facilitating global rights culture, a global culture of consent, universal basic health care, lifelong education, global basic income guarantees, strengthening and democratizing the United Nations, and such --

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Saturday, 3 June 2006 01:15 (eighteen years ago) link

It is not writingwriting writing, which I here to it
arrange; They are beyond all praise, which I you
ertheilen could, and I do not know anything Unnuetzeres and
Faderes as a so-called academic speech. Also
I do not want an argument of the new method
bring, which I obeyed, around an often repeated
and exhausted article again to take up.
They this merit/service at least will find out
and in the rest of beurtheilen whether your pupil
and friend its training probably used. Only
about the pleasure I want to talk, which I during drawing up
these work felt, me, not
my book you weihen, around me over the condition
to clear up that raised probably

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Sunday, 4 June 2006 03:04 (eighteen years ago) link

The Wollust of the senses, so lovely and desires it
to be, so much praise likes it also those obviously likewise
grateful as fine feather/spring of a young French
Physician ertheilt, granted only one benefit,
that at the same time their grave is. If it the complete
Divert not completely and toedtet, then it requires
but a certain time, in order to again-awake-like
completely differently the sources of the mental entertainments!

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Monday, 5 June 2006 02:58 (eighteen years ago) link

schizoanalyticalnonsupernaturalscripturecartographyImmortalityFAQ Text |webstyleradicalwrittenwordonlinehypertextsustainabilityequityimmortalitysurplus weave for immortality

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 02:39 (eighteen years ago) link

derive from given systems of enunciation and preexisting subjective structures new Dispositions [agencements] of enunciation capable of forging new coordinates of analysis and to bring into existence unforseen propositions and representations.

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Wednesday, 7 June 2006 02:13 (eighteen years ago) link

fantastic mapping of the dawn of the incarnation of the archetype of immortality ;
onward Escape from Time,
a biopolitical choice
not a nostalgia of an Idealized Past or netherworld feel good stories

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Wednesday, 7 June 2006 04:00 (eighteen years ago) link

once this objective has been achieved in mice, a large amount of funding will be diverted to this kind of research, which would accelerate progress.

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Thursday, 8 June 2006 05:09 (eighteen years ago) link

What is the maximum age your religion (or, if you are not religious, the predominant religion in your location) would regard as not being sinful? Preferred age of death Less than 70 70-90 90-120 120-200 200-1,000 No Limit Don't Know No Answer

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Thursday, 8 June 2006 13:50 (eighteen years ago) link

would agree that if we could capture reliably the identity
> critical information, than this information could be uploaded
> to future conscious artificial intelligence, or even to a
> clone of the same person that carry this identity, to the
> outcome that the future entity carrying the same self identity
> as the original person. To that second phase person I call
> the info-resurrected person and the claim is that A(original)
> is survived in B (his duplicate) as long as they both carry
> the same self identity and that they are not mutually existent.
> So the critical query here is whether one can really capture now
> the salient information regarding his self identity?

This idea is familiar within transhumanist and cryonics groups. It is
mentioned in fiction; Joe Halpern, Greg Egan, Linda Nigata come to mind.
There is also Tipler's version of the "Omega Point" where everyone who
ever lived could be effectively reconstituted via latent information and
near-infinite computational power. I recall Robert Bradbury (on this
list) and John Smart in the last year talking about how personality
capture might be valuable to the survivors, if not for the deceased.

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Friday, 17 November 2006 03:52 (seventeen years ago) link

In a parecon, art work is like all other work. It occurs in workplaces with co-workers (other painters, composers, performers, movie makers, etc. etc.) Those doing it as part of their work do, overall, a balanced job complex of tasks, like everyone else. To be remunerated work must be socially beneficial, including art. Then the remuneration is for duration, intensity, and onerousness when relevant. To be hired, a worker must be competent in the eyes of the council he or she applies to, as with being hired for any job.

Making a living as someone with artistic talents of one sort or another is neither harder nor easier than making a living based on any other personal inclinations, save that one has to be competent, of course. Innovating in art is like innovating in any field -- acceptable if one's workmates agree on its merits and if the participatory plan find the workplace as a whole to be socially valuable.

f you think that there is something called art which entitles something called an artist to live a life free of responsibility to the community, free of responsibility to co-workers, and remunerated at a rate above and beyond others, then parecon art will be a horror to your vision.

If you think that people doing art, like all other people, should contribute to the community and be supported for their socially valued labors, and that their endeavors should arise from their termperments and tastes, not from imposition by elites, parecon art will be a delight for you to behold.

S. (Sébastien Chikara), Thursday, 23 November 2006 05:21 (seventeen years ago) link

four months pass...
If we really want to help all humans to become free, authentic and responsible, "Roll on, robomediation!" should become our cry. Rather than treating human beings as automatons, let's hand service chores over to the real McCoy, the real machine.

Sébastien, Monday, 26 March 2007 23:11 (seventeen years ago) link


Catsupppppppppppppp dude ‫茄蕃‪, Tuesday, 27 March 2007 20:02 (seventeen years ago) link

momus likes to think with binary oppositions :)

Sébastien, Tuesday, 27 March 2007 20:53 (seventeen years ago) link

east vs wesssst

Catsupppppppppppppp dude ‫茄蕃‪, Tuesday, 27 March 2007 20:56 (seventeen years ago) link

an example of cynical digital construction:
social networks not only replete with names and images but with FREE instant access to horrible accumulation of oppression and suffering of REAL people’s lives , Live Chat/ update 24H/24H, network of transparent living people through wearable videoconferencing system,
permitting a new kind of global solidarity and concrete cooperation;
a multitude creating more genuine friendship, sexuality, and culture and achieving liberatory goals of equity, justice, and freedom.

the subject lives critically, face their own humaneness 24H/24H, is active against the spectacle, finds balance in being exposed to *moderately* high levels of stress, to adapt within their capability to do so and become stronger in response to similar sorts of stress in
the future; still the subject makes networking choices, creates a prevailing network of affinities, within the network, so dealing with networks that are constantly coalescing and disappearing is not really a problem.

How big such “micro-societies” or cooperatives of cynics must be to significantly help the project of the multitude (compensate the geopolitical collapse of geopolitics.) ? hueg as a successful sect , like the Christians or the muslims or a couple dozens individuals located in particularly problematic areas?

Sébastien, Friday, 30 March 2007 21:39 (seventeen years ago) link

such a thing like a Detektei of the knowledge. [...] You go into the library page through a few catalogs, [...] find a trace. [… I] CH gained experiences, accumulated knowledge [knowledge] and threw nothing away. Everything was frittered away säuberlich in card indices. I did not remember yet to transfer the card indices into a computer (at that time straight arose only, I still operated with means relating to crafts, but I had created myself a kind artificial [independent] memory from small cards and cross references. [...] Also the verquasteste manuscript [the most difficult text] brought in still at least twenty new small cards [or references] for my cross-linkings for me. The criterion was strict, and I believed, it am the same, which also the secret services use: No information is [in first approximation] less worth than the other one, the secret consists of collecting it all and looking for then connections between them. It gives to want to find connections always, one must it only. ``
Substantial advantage of a Zettelkastens in relation to a linear text, approximately in form of a note book without references, is the cross-linking of contents, which results from Verschlagwortung and cross references. Starting from a certain size the Zettelkasten can so surprising connections generate and to its owner new impulses for its work supply with, tHIS should be an urgent trend in webwriting so the number of important insights made are increasing at least at the same rate as the exponential increase of knowledge

Sébastien, Saturday, 31 March 2007 01:44 (seventeen years ago) link

on sensory
extension, home surgery, medical tourism, nervous system interfaces,
and controlling parts of our bodies and minds once thought to be
nature's fate for us.

Sébastien, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 13:10 (seventeen years ago) link

from website

Lingbert, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 05:43 (seventeen years ago) link

Ultimately, though, it seems like what permitted freedom becomes a set of clearly delineated identities which get increasingly hard to deviate from in inverse proportion to how established they become. One identity is bad enough. Why have several? The problem can be dealt with much more effectively by using one identity and doing whatever you want under it. This seems much more in keeping with the nature of human personalities which are not exactly fixed things, subject to change and evolution.

Sébastien, Tuesday, 10 April 2007 02:29 (seventeen years ago) link

As a futurist science and technology columnist, I view life with much optimism. At 76, I feel confident that, barring a fatal accident, I will maintain good health and survive into the next decade, 2010-2020.

In this decade I will live through my 80s, which by today’s standards, would be risky, but expected breakthroughs in stem cell and gene therapies will enable repair of body parts before they wear out. With help from these new technologies, I could end the decade at 90 years, but with a biological body of a 40’ish person.

Sébastien, Sunday, 15 April 2007 04:51 (seventeen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
> Names. Who are the selfish immortalists?

Michael, why all the defensiveness? There are a wide variety of people involved in life extensionist activities, some more self-oriented than others, but that community has not been characterized by its concern for social reform, public health or getting vaccines to the world's poor, or even making sure that there is universal access to the life extension medicines that they desire. That community has generally been libertarian, which I understand isn't necessarily selfish since one might think that smashing the FDA and the public health systems would speed everyone's access to life extension therapies. To the majority of us who are not libertarian, however, when someone says they want everybody to live forever, but are opposed to any effort to provide food, clean water, employment or medicine to the majority of the world's people, it sounds selfish. Perhaps you don't hear that complaint. I often do.

Sébastien, Monday, 30 April 2007 17:22 (seventeen years ago) link

What does matter is the diffusion of *ideas*
> (cognitive, morphological and procreative liberty; non-anthropocentric
> citizenship; etc) and the socially responsible use of
>technologies (life extension medicine, nootropics, etc)

Sébastien, Friday, 11 May 2007 13:02 (seventeen years ago) link

dale pnz againe

I think of *superlative technologies* as fanciful extrapolations from
given technical capacities, extrapolations that practically take on a life
of their own. They become substitutes for rational assessments of the
actually-existing and proximate technodevelopmental terrain, and assume
instead the scope and stakes of literally unattainable abstractions,
logical impossibilities that stand in more than anything else for
deep-seated denials of human finitude, psychic strivings after the sorts
of omni-predicates more conventionally ascribed in theological discourse
to supernatural beings: omnipotence, omniscience, omnibenevolence.

While I easily spend as much of my time thinking about the possible
entailments of actually ongoing and proximate genetic therapies,
consensual modification, nanoscale manufacturing, software improvements,
weapons proliferation and the like as anybody else hereabouts, I have
discovered (as many of you seem not to have done) that it is crucial to
separate this sort of thinking from any freightings with deranging
transcendentalizing baggage that is all too common to this genre. There
are reasons for all of this if you care to actually understand what drives
technoscientific discourse as a discourse of human agency. But,
obviously, ymmv. After all, I am but a poor onanistic academician caught
in my leetle ivory tower, scarcely worthy to genuflect in the general
direction of our hard boiled futorological "pragmatists" (ever actually
read pragmatists like James, Dewey, or Rorty, by the way? -- oh, never

Sébastien, Saturday, 12 May 2007 13:22 (seventeen years ago) link

>Meanwhile, in apparent agreement with Kass, a 2002 document edited
>by then-Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger [now Pope], Communion and
>Stewardship: Human Persons Created in the Image of God, states,
>"Disposing of death is in reality the most radical way of disposing of life."

Uh... huh...

<backing away slowly, making no sudden movements>

That's fine, sweetie. You and your "flock" just hold firmly to that
idea if you wish, and go away gently to do your thing. Just leave us
alone to do ours, okay? We won't force you to stop dying, and you
don't force us to stop living, is that fair?

<smiling and nodding pleasantly, no eye-rolling permitted>

Sébastien, Saturday, 12 May 2007 14:32 (seventeen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

"They were famous pictures: Death on a Bicycle, Death Visits the
Amusement Park.... They'd been a fad in the 2050s, at the time of the
longevity breakthrough, when people realized that but for accidents
and violence, they could live forever. Death was suddenly a pleasant
old man, freed from his longtime burden. He rolled awkwardly along on
his first bicycle ride, his scythe sticking up like a flag. Children
ran beside him, smiling and laughing."
(Vernor Vinge, Marooned in Realtime)

Sébastien, Friday, 1 June 2007 21:41 (seventeen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Nature, through the trial and error of evolution, has discovered a
vast diversity of life from what can only presumed to have been a primordial
pool of building blocks. Inspired by this success, (...) is now trying to mimic
the process of Darwinian evolution in the laboratory by evolving new proteins
from scratch. Using new tricks of molecular biology, (...) have evolved several
new proteins in a fraction of the 3 billion years it took nature. Their most
recent results, (...) have led to some surprisingly new lessons on how to
optimize proteins which have never existed in nature before, (...).

Sébastien, Saturday, 16 June 2007 05:06 (seventeen years ago) link

two weeks pass...


597, Saturday, 30 June 2007 13:45 (seventeen years ago) link

"Inert molecules from your cells! Chemical medicines won't reach that stuff, but the teleportation booth' does. It takes just those dead molecules and does the instant-elsewhere trick with them. Just the stuff that builds up over ninety years of life. See it now?"
"I don't feel any different," she said uncertainly.
"You should. I did. It was like I'd caught my second wind. Of course I was moving at a dead run. It's nothing obvious. What did you expect? In a couple of days you'll find dark roots in your hair."

Sébastien, Sunday, 8 July 2007 22:56 (seventeen years ago) link

four months pass...


1. Advocating permaculture (resilient sustainability) -- we should be subsidizing research and practices of agroforestry, polyculture, organic and local agricultures, defending seed saving and seed sharing as basic human rights, regulating nonselective pesticide and high-energy-input, especially petrochemical fertilizer use, encouraging vegetarian, organic, local-food lifeways through accurate nutrition labeling, special taxes on food-corpses and highly salty, fatty, sugary processed foods, incentivizing climate-appropriate and edible landscaping, supporting organic, heirloom, and superorganic cultivation, vastly expanding research and development and infrastructure investment into p2p renewable energy-provision like decentralized solar grids and co-op windmill farms, energy-efficient appliances, desalination techniques, sustainable irrigation practices and biomimetic urban sewage treatment techniques, as well as passenger rail infrastructure across the world and facilitating non-automobile transportation in cities (free or small-fee distributed bike co-ops, for example, and transforming more urban car-lanes into pedestrian malls) -- increasing public awareness of and encouraging collective problem solving in the face of energy descent, overurbanization, species loss, extractive industrial depletion of topsoil and aquifers, toxicity of materials and industrial processes, waste/pollution, catastrophic human-caused climate change, and so on.

2. Advocating p2p (peer-to-peer formations) and a2k (access to knowledge) -- we should be strongly supporting net neutrality, institutionalizing creative commons, subsidizing personal blogging and peer credentialization/production practices, radically restricting global copyright scope and terms, expanding fair use provisions, providing public grants for noncommercial nonproprietary scientific research and access to creative expressivity and public performances, opening access to research and debate in science and the humanities, experimenting with science and public policy juries and networked townhalls, facilitating accessibility of information for differently enabled people (blind, partially blind, deaf, etc.), securing open knowledge transfer to people of the overexploited regions of the world, demanding transparency from authoritative institutions, especially governments, limited liability corporations, public universities, organizations funded by public resources or engaged in public services, strongly opposing institutional secrecy, especially corporatist proprietary secrets or militarist state secrets, ensuring universal free access to networked media, free reliable wifi, supporting community and minority-run radio, demanding corporate media disaggregation, facilitating small campaign donor aggregation and restricting other forms of patronage/lobbying/conflict-of-interest for elected representatives and professional appointees to public service, making access to education universal and free from pre-kindergarten through college, enacting strong whistleblower protections for public officials and corporate employees, introducing labeling standards to distinguish advertising, advocacy, journalism, and strengthening protections for consumers from fraudulent claims, and so on.

3. Advocating prosthetic self-determination (Pro Choice) -- we should be defending absolutely every woman's right to choose safe, free, accessible abortion techniques to end unwanted pregnancies, as well as facilitating wanted pregnancies with alternate reproductive techniques, legalizing and then taxing all informed, nonduressed consensual recreational drug use, redirecting public resources to policing actually dangerous or disorderly public conduct, regulating controlled substances for unnecessary harm, and expanding public education and drug rehabilitation programs, vastly expanding public research into genetic, prosthetic, and cognitive modification medicine, defending individuals and communities with atypical capacities and morphologies, expanding access (while prohibiting compulsory recourse) both to consensual medical and modification therapies as well as to reliable information about them, providing universal single-payer basic healthcare, planet-wide provision of safe water and nutritious food, and subsidizing access to all wanted therapies that meet basic threshold safety and transparency standards with a stakeholder grant for non-normalizing modifications in exchange for open access to clinical trial data associated with all experimental procedures.

4. Advocating BIG (basic income guarantees) -- we should be providing a universal, non means-tested basic guaranteed income to every person on earth as a foundational right of human civilization, not only to complete the traditional progressive project of ending slavery (including still existing wage slavery) and ending military conscription (including still existing conscription through the duress of the vulnerable, through poverty, illiteracy, stigmatized lifeways, and precarious legal status), and supporting collective bargaining (by providing a permanent strike fund for all workers) -- but also to combat contemporary and emerging and conspicuously amplifying forms of technodevelopmental abjection in particular: for example, current confiscatory wealth concentration through automation, outsourcing, and crowdsourcing; protecting vulnerable populations from duress to ensure all experimental medical decisions are truly consensual; and to champion p2p democracy by subsidizing the practices of true citizen participation, peer production of appropriate and appropriable technologies, and free open secular multiculture.

5. Advocating the democratization of global governance (democratic world federalism) -- the institutions of global governance already exists, of course, but in catastrophically non-democratic corporate-militarist forms that are destroying the world, and so the fight for democratic world federalist governance is not properly dismissed as a fanciful or dreadful desire for some ex nihilo planetary state, but in reality the fight to smash the corporate-militarist world state that actually exists and to democratize it as and for the people, peer-to-peer (in democracies, properly so-called, government is the people, and so to express hatred of government is to express hatred of the people and such slogans should be understood with that in mind), all in the face of unprecedented planetary problems and the unprecedented planetary consciousness created by global networked participation and in the light of our emerging awareness of global ecologic and economic interdependence -- and it doesn't matter to me whether this smashing of the state and democratization of global governance is implemented through the expansion and democratic reform of the United Nations, or through the creation of alternate or supplementary planetary institutions, many pathways will present themselves to do this work -- but it will likely take a federal form, encompassing already existing formations, a form emphasizing subsidiarity (which is a principle directing governance always to the most local layer adequate to a shared problem), and protecting planetary secular multiculture, and directed to the tasks of monitoring global storms, pandemics, weapons, enforcing global environmental, labor, police/military conduct standards, providing institutional recourse for the nonviolent resolution of interpersonal and intergovernmental disputes, and facilitating the universal scene of legible, informed, nonduressed consent.

Sébastien, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 02:25 (sixteen years ago) link

My guess is that in the long-term there will be pressure to leave the earth to its unpredictable weather patterns. Most people will live in reclaimed environments, e.g., space stations or tera-formed planets. These artificial environments may have a random element introduced into their weather patterns, but they probably won't have the retro feel of earth. I think I like the idea of people visiting the earth only as we might visit a national park. There would be no or few permanent residents. Rather we might stay a few days and try not to leave to big a footprint and then return to our tamed environments in space

Sébastien, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 10:38 (sixteen years ago) link

LifeNet project: volunteer network that goes where-ever there are firestations and police stations. The goal is to minimize the amount of time to reach anybody who dies on the continent within 30 minutes and to cryogenically store them (they are already "dead": they might never know). Calculations show that there would need to be at least 150k locations and that there is one death every 14 hours per 50 km^2 average in USA.

Sébastien, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 15:29 (sixteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...


Crêpe, Thursday, 6 December 2007 03:15 (sixteen years ago) link

I associate "intense" with bearded college-sophomore hippie dudes who say "deep" stuff about energy and the universe and make too much eye contact and then 18-year-old girls who just showed up from Midwestern high schools are like "that guy was so intense"


Sebastien Chikara is "intense," see?

lul, energy? then I thought :

"On October 10, 2007, leading space advocacy organizations and Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin will announce the formation of a new alliance to "ensure that the benefits of renewable clean energy from space solar power are understood and supported by business, governments and the general public," according to an alliance statement.

The inaugural event of the new alliance, to be held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. at 9:00 am, will highlight a study underway by the National Security Space Office (NSSO) on the viability of space-based solar power, presented by Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse, National Security Space Office. John Mankins, President, SUNSAT Energy Council, a leading expert on space solar power, will also speak.

According to the organizers, media and Congressional staff who wish to attend can email Katherine Brick at kather✧✧✧.br✧✧✧@n✧✧.o✧✧.

Space solar power refers to gathering energy in space and transmitting it wirelessly for use on Earth. This technology could be a major solution to humanity's long-term energy needs, providing limitless renewable power with zero carbon emissions, according to Mankins and other experts."

Sébastien, Saturday, 15 December 2007 16:42 (sixteen years ago) link

If it succeeds, Microsoft's planned parallel-computing software, designed to take advantage of new manycore chips -- processors with more than eight cores, possible as soon as 2010 -- could bring as much as a hundredfold computing speed-up in solving some problems.

Likely to be timed to the arrival of "Windows 7," it would allow even hand-held devices to see, listen, speak and make complex real-world decisions -- in the process, transforming computers from tools into companions.

Sébastien, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 15:53 (sixteen years ago) link

four weeks pass...

That was a good thread.

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 11:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Are there any political philosophers you consider to be science
fictional? I'm thinking of how Karl Marx talks a lot about things
happening in his future Utopia - fishing in the afternoon and
philosophizing in the evening and all that. But there's obviously a lot
of these sorts of speculations going on in any political philosophy that
cares about the future. Any political theory or theorist in particular
that you find compelling as SF?

Actually, Marx talks very little about future society. Even that famous
quote comes from an unpublished work. Marx's most science-fictional
vision is of 'the automatic factory' - for Marx, reducing the amount of
time spent in boring, unfulfilling work is the basis for human freedom.
Freedom begins when the working day ends. It's all very current and it's
all right there in Capital. I've speculated elsewhere that Marx's
approach to society - look at what's emerging, look at the technology,
look at the underlying conflicts that these bring out - may have in some
vulgarised form actually inspired the emergence of science fiction
itself. Science fiction is an adventure playground in the materialist
conception of history.

Sébastien, Friday, 18 January 2008 05:08 (sixteen years ago) link

After he disappeared she'd go to the park they met at years ago, sit and watch the couples go by and wait for his return. Sometimes she'd dressin what she'd been wearing on that day. Sometimes try a different bench or a different direction in the hot sun in Khartoum. She'd look for his smile in angry crowds, in indifferent strangers exiting restaurants down small side streets with anagram names, and it would still be boiling hot when she'd return home and flush his cold dinner down the toilet. And after a while people stopped noticing her. They stopped paying attention. They stopped shaking their heads, saying, "He's never coming back you know." "No, he's never coming back."

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 08:49 (sixteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

On the galactic setting where the Culture exists:

The galaxy (our galaxy) in the Culture stories is a place long
lived-in, and scattered with a variety of life-forms. In its vast and
complicated history it has seen waves of empires, federations,
colonisations, die-backs, wars, species-specific dark ages,
renaissances, periods of mega-structure building and destruction, and
whole ages of benign indifference and malign neglect. At the time of the
Culture stories, there are perhaps a few dozen major space-faring
civilisations, hundreds of minor ones, tens of thousands of species who
might develop space-travel, and an uncountable number who have been
there, done that, and have either gone into locatable but insular
retreats to contemplate who-knows-what, or disappeared from the normal
universe altogether to cultivate lives even less comprehensible.

On the ships and their Minds:

Culture starships - that is all classes of ship above
inter-planetary - are sentient; their Minds (sophisticated AIs working
largely in hyperspace to take advantage of the higher lightspeed there)
bear the same relation to the fabric of the ship as a human brain does
to the human body . . . The Culture's largest vessels - apart from
certain art-works and a few Eccentrics - are the General Systems
Vehicles of the Contact section. (Contact is the part of the Culture
concerned with discovering, cataloguing, investigating, evaluating and -
if thought prudent - interacting with other civilisations; its rationale
and activities are covered elsewhere, in the stories.) The GSVs are fast
and very large craft, measured in kilometres and inhabited by millions
of people and machines. The idea behind them is that they represent the
Culture, fully. All that the Culture knows, each GSV knows; anything
that can be done anywhere in the Culture can be done within or by any
GSV. In terms of both information and technology, they represent a last
resort, and act like holographic fragments of the Culture itself, the
whole contained within each part.

On law:

The Culture doesn't actually have laws; there are, of course,
agreed-on forms of behaviour; manners, as mentioned above, but nothing
that we would recognise as a legal framework. Not being spoken to, not
being invited to parties, finding sarcastic anonymous articles and
stories about yourself in the information network; these are the normal
forms of manner-enforcement in the Culture.

On politics:

Politics in the Culture consists of referenda on issues whenever
they are raised; generally, anyone may propose a ballot on any issue at
any time; all citizens have one vote. Where issues concern some
sub-division or part of a total habitat, all those - human and machine -
who may reasonably claim to be affected by the outcome of a poll may
cast a vote. Opinions are expressed and positions on issues outlined
mostly via the information network (freely available, naturally), and it
is here that an individual may exercise the most personal influence,
given that the decisions reached as a result of those votes are usually
implemented and monitored through a Hub or other supervisory machine,
with humans acting (usually on a rota basis) more as liaison officers
than in any sort of decision-making executive capacity; one of the few
rules the Culture adheres to with any exactitude at all is that a
person's access to power should be in inverse proportion to their desire
for it.

On why most people in the Culture live in Orbitals:

The attraction of Orbitals is their matter efficiency. For one
planet the size of Earth (population 6 billion at the moment; mass
6x1024 kg), it would be possible, using the same amount of matter, to
build 1,500 full orbitals, each one boasting a surface area twenty times
that of Earth and eventually holding a maximum population of perhaps 50
billion people (the Culture would regard Earth at present as
over-crowded by a factor of about two, though it would consider the
land-to-water ratio about right). Not, of course, that the Culture would
do anything as delinquent as actually deconstructing a planet to make
Orbitals; simply removing the sort of wandering debris (for example
comets and asteroids) which the average solar system comes equipped with
and which would threaten such an artificial world's integrity through
collision almost always in itself provides sufficient material for the
construction of at least one full Orbital (a trade-off whose
conservatory elegance is almost blissfully appealing to the average
Mind), while interstellar matter in the form of dust clouds, brown
dwarfs and the like provides more distant mining sites from which the
amount of mass required for several complete Orbitals may be removed
with negligible effect.

Sébastien, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:39 (sixteen years ago) link

1. Declare the internet a public good in the same way we think of water, electricity, highways or public education.

2. Commit to providing affordable high-speed wireless Internet access nationwide.

3. Declare a “Net Neutrality” standard forbidding Internet service providers from discriminating among content based on origin, application or type.

4. Instead of “No Child Left Behind,” our goal should be “Every Child Connected.”

5. Commit to building a Connected Democracy where it becomes commonplace for local as well as national government proceedings to be heard by anyone any time and over time.

6. Create a National Tech Corps, because as our country becomes more reliant on 21st century communications to maintain and build our economy we need to protect our communications infrastructure.

We've spent some time looking through the candidates' policy statements on technology, the media, education, transparency and infrastructure

Sébastien, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:40 (sixteen years ago) link

four months pass...

to connect p2p/a2k
(peer-to-peer/access to knowledge) technoscience politics to the
politics of permaculture practices and to the politics of pro-choice
consensual non-normalizing biomedicine.

Sébastien, Thursday, 19 June 2008 04:54 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...

The terraces, forming an outdoor terrain that extends over the whole surface of the city

Sébastien, Sunday, 20 July 2008 04:10 (sixteen years ago) link


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Sébastien, Saturday, 26 July 2008 03:14 (fifteen years ago) link

two months pass...


╬☉д⊙, Saturday, 4 October 2008 00:15 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...

good clear picture of [CapitalistMan]

Sébastien, Monday, 7 December 2009 07:14 (fourteen years ago) link

two months pass...

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about a thing

plaxico (I know, right?), Monday, 15 February 2010 20:44 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

The ideal for a book would be to lay everything out on a plane of exteriority of this kind, on a single page, the same sheet: lived events, historical determinations, concepts, individuals, groups, social formations.

Sébastien, Wednesday, 27 April 2011 01:38 (thirteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

What is Codework?

Codework is a practice, not a product.

It is praxis, part and parcel of the critique of everyday life.

It is not canonic, although it is taken as such.

It is not a genre, although it is taken as such.

The term is relatively new and should always be renewed.

We are suffused with code and its intermingling with surface phenomena.

Wave-trains of very low frequency radio pulses for example.

Phenomenology of chickadee calls.

Codework is not a metaphor, not metaphorical.

It exists precisely in the obdurate interstice between the real and the symbolic. It exists in the arrow.

It is not a set of procedures or perceptions. It is the noise in the system. It is not the encapsulation or object of the noise or the system.

It is continuous; it is parasitic; it is thetic.

When it becomes metaphor, masterpiece, artwork, it is still-born; it is of no interest except as cultural residue: it is of great interest to critics, gallerists, editors.

When it is not collectible, not a thing, virtual or otherwise, it is not of interest to critics, gallerists, editors.

Things have already taken up its name, as if pictures in an exhibition.

This is nothing more than the continuous reification, territorialization, conquest, of the real - as if the real were always already cleansed, available for the taking - as if the real were already transformed into capital.

Capital is the encapsulation, objectification, of code. Capital drives the code-conference, the code-book, the code-movement, the code-artist, the code-masterpiece; capital drives the technology.

In short: Capital drives code into metaphor.

In short: Metaphor drives code into capital.

In short, but of greater difficulty: Capital drives metaphor into code.

In production, simpler: Metaphor drives capital into code.

The driving of metaphor, code, or capital is not codework.

Codework is the labor of code, subject to thermodynamics.

Codework is demonstrative, demonstrative fragment, experiment, partial- inscription, partial-object, the thing prior to its presentation, the linguistic kernel of the pre-linguistic. Code is the thetic, the gestural, of the demonstrative.

It the gesture that never quite takes. It is the noise inherent in the gestural.

However: Codework will become a subject or a sub-genre or a venue or an artwork or an artist or a dealer or a collector. However: This is not codework, or: What I describe above is not codework; after all, names are subsumed beneath the sign (Emblematic) of capital - as if something is being accomplished. (Hackers who are not hackers are unhacked.)

To code is not to produce codework; it is to produce code on the level of the code or interface. Bridged code, embedded code, is not codework; the irreversible spew of cellular automata is codework, all the better if the rules are noisy. The cultural production of codework abjures intensifications, strange attractors, descriptions such as this (which is the oldest game in the book). The hunt and reception of short-wave number codes is codework. Writers on the edge are circumscribed by codework, malfunctioned psychoanalytics, scatologies. Jews, Gypsies, Gays, Blacks, are endlessly coded and decoded; the codes are dissolute, partial, always already incomplete: the differend is codework.

To speak against the differend is codework; tumors are codework, metastases. The useless sequences of DNA, RNA.

Be wary of the violence of the legible text. Beware the metaphor which institutionalizes, the text which defines, the text of positivities, not negations, the circumscribing text, inscribing text; beware of the producers and institutions of these texts, whose stake is in hardening of definitions, control, capital, slaughter: Texts slaughter.

And texts slaughter texts.
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Sébastien, Sunday, 15 May 2011 01:03 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

We want to save the Earth's biosphere, settle the oceans and space, end hunger and poverty, utilize alternative sources of energy, bring about a better democracy and economy to the world, and generally provide a standard of living and quality of life far beyond anything mankind has ever experienced. http://www.luf.org/

The Millennial Project 2.0

The Millennial Project is a comprehensive plan for space development, beginning with the terrestrial cultivation of an environmentally sustainable civilization and Post-Industrial culture and culminating, far in the future, in the colonization of our immediate stellar neighborhood. The TMP2 project is specifically a project of the Living Universe Foundation community to continually update and revise the content of the original plan as described by Marshal T. Savage in his book The Millennial Project.

At The Seasteading Institute, we work to enable seasteading communities - floating cities - which will allow the next generation of pioneers to peacefully test new ideas for government. The most successful can then inspire change in governments around the world.

OSCOMAK supports playful learning communities of individuals and groups
chaordically building free and open source knowledge, tools, and simulations
which lay the groundwork for humanity's sustainable development on Spaceship Earth and
eventual joyful, compassionate, and diverse expansion into space
(including Mars, the Moon, the Asteroids, or elsewhere in the Universe).

Sébastien, Thursday, 30 June 2011 01:47 (thirteen years ago) link

The Open Source Ecology wiki,
home of the Global Village Construction Set,
developing community-based solutions for re-inventing local production.


RepRap is about making self-replicating machines, and making them freely available for the benefit of everyone. We are using 3D printing to do this, but if you have other technologies that can copy themselves and that can be made freely available to all, then this is the place for you too.

Sébastien, Thursday, 30 June 2011 02:12 (thirteen years ago) link

My friend, I have no problem with the thought of a galactic civilization vastly unlike our own... full of strange beings who look nothing like me even in their own imaginations... pursuing pleasures and experiences I can't begin to empathize with... trading in a marketplace of unimaginable goods... allying to pursue incomprehensible objectives... people whose life-stories I could never understand.

Sébastien, Thursday, 30 June 2011 23:56 (thirteen years ago) link

>/ 50 don't make no money. U gotta side with the jews.
[ Cut to a room, fancy hotel, Gerber-blanc & mauve. A contemporary is in the game for billions. ]

[Credits] digital on Gabbapention
[ A ball. ]

Parade (a you), Friday, 1 July 2011 00:01 (thirteen years ago) link

test 1

test 2, Thursday, 7 July 2011 02:09 (thirteen years ago) link

clashes [...] between careerism as a means of actualizing and subverting the self, establish the voice of creativity as a vulnerable protagonist that is taken under fire by the chaos.

Sébastien, Thursday, 7 July 2011 15:24 (thirteen years ago) link

actualizing an imagined scroll of the Cyrenaic school, a dialog at the wake of Aristippus of Cyrene.

Sébastien, Saturday, 16 July 2011 17:25 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Never mind humanist, postmodernism may well be the last cultural movement that's 100% human.

You may laugh at this prediction now, but you won't laugh in 2012: the point at which postmodernism turns into posthumanism is the moment when Arnold Schwartzenegger becomes president of the US. That's the point at which the pomo fight between the authentic and the fake morphs into the posthuman fight between flesh and digital flesh.

― Momus (Momus), Saturday, 30 October 2004 07:05 (8 years ago) Permalink
What I mean is that he will be elected to 'terminate' Islamic fundamentalism, a dialectic that will by that point be a bit tired, but that he will actually be the first 'terminator president', and herald in an age of unprecedented man-machine combination.

― Momus (Momus), Saturday, 30 October 2004 07:09 (8 years ago) Permalink
And if you ask me what will the cultural life be like in that new posthuman world, I'd say that, just as there as continuities between modernism and postmodernism, so there will be continuities between the postmodern and the posthuman. The rockist questions about authenticity will not go away -- in fact, they'll become, if anything, more central. But with a twist: it will be the clones and machines which will harp on most on authenticity and humanity, whereas the humans will insist on artificiality. The future (and you read it here first, folks!) is Robot Rockism.

― Momus (Momus), Saturday, 30 October 2004 07:46 (8 years ago) Permalink

Sébastien, Monday, 27 May 2013 01:09 (eleven years ago) link

two weeks pass...


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ttyih boi (crüt), Wednesday, 12 June 2013 03:08 (eleven years ago) link

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